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World Heavyweight (Original) Title

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# Wrestler Name Event Location Date Notes
27 Lou Thesz Saint Louis, Missouri 09/Nov/56 Edouard Carpentier defeated Lou Thesz by Disqualification on June 14, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois when Thesz cannot continue the match due to a back injury. The NWA rules states that a title cannot change on a Disqualification and Carpentier gives the title back to Thesz. Edouard Carpentier was then recognized as World Heavyweight Champion in Omaha, Nebraska and in Boston, Massachuttes. He was then later recognized as the World Heavyweight Champion by the World Wrestling Association in Los Angeles, California. This was the last time the World Heavyweight Title has been unified and to date has never been fully unified again. The Omaha version of the World Title was later unified with the AWA World Title. Lou Thesz defeated Edouard Carpentier in a rematch by Disqualification on July 24, 1957 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for the title.
26 Whipper Billy Watson Toronto, Ontario, Canada 15/Mar/56 Whipper Billy Watson defeated Lou Thesz by Count Out to win the world title.
25 Lou Thesz 01/Jan/40 Actual date and place won unknown. Lou Thesz unifies the following titles to become the Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion: (1) The National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title by defeating Bill Longson on July 20, 1948 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (2) The National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title was awarded to him on November 27, 1949 when previous champion, Orville Brown, was injured in an automobile accident on November 1, 1949 before the Unification World Title Match that was scheduled on November 25, 1994 in Sain Louis, Missouri. (3) The American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title (Boston's Version) by defeating Gorgeous George on July 27, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. (4) The Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium World Heavyweight Title by defeating Baron Michele Leon on May 21, 1952 in Los Angeles, California. Leo Nomellini defeated Lou Thesz by Disqualification in San Francisco, California on March 22, 1955. National Wrestling Alliance rules states that a title cannot change hands on a Disqualification, which sets the rule in professional wrestling, "A title cannot change on a Disqualification."
24 Jim Londos Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 18/Nov/38 Jim Lindos retires as World Heavyweight Champion in 1946.
23 Bronko Nagurski Minneapolis, Minnesota 16/Jun/37 Bronko Nagurski was recognized as the Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion by "The Ring" magazine.
22 Dean Detton Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 28/Sep/36 Dean Detton defeated Ed "Strangler" Lewis in a tournament final to win the title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania earlier in the year.
21 Dave Levin Newark, New Jersey 12/Jun/36 Dave Levin wins the title by Disqualification. Ali Baba continued to be recognized as World Champion by the National Boxing Association and the National Wrestling Association.
20 Ali Baba Detroit, Michigan 25/Apr/36
19 Dick Shikat New York City, New York 02/Mar/36
18 Danno O'Mahoney Boston, Massachuttes 27/Jun/35 Danny O'Mahoney defeated Jim Lindos to win the New York State Athletic Commission World Title. Mahoney continues to win the American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title by defeating Ed Don George on July 30, 1935 in Boston, Massachusetts to become the Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion.
17 Ed "Strangler" Lewis Los Angeles, California 14/Apr/31 Ed "Strangler" Lewis lost the American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title by Disqualification to Henri Deglane on May 4, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, but still recognized as World Heavyweight Champion in Illinois. Lewis also defeated the title claimani, Wladek Zbyszko, on November 2, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois for thr title. Lewis continued to win the New York State Athletic Commission World Title by defeating Jack Sherry on October 10, 1932.
16 Ed Don George Los Angeles, California 10/Dec/30
15 Gus Sonnenberg Boston, Massachuttes 04/Jan/29 The recognition of being the World Heavyweight Champion was withdrawn from Gus Sonnenberg by the wrestling section of the National Boxing Association in 1929 for failing to meet real title contenders.
14 Ed "Strangler" Lewis Saint Louis, Missouri 21/Feb/28 Ed "Strangler" Lewis defeated Wayne Munn on February 2, 1928 in Michigan City, Indiana for the title (the Michigan/Illinois version of the World title). He unified the title with the amin world title on February 21, 1928.
13 Joe Stecher Saint Louis, Missouri 30/May/25
12 Stanislaus Zbyszko Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 15/Apr/25 Wayne Munn continued to be recognized as World Heavyweightr Champion in Michigan and in Illinois.
11 Wayne Munn Kansas City, Missouri 08/Jan/25
10 Ed "Strangler" Lewis Witchita, Kansas 03/Mar/22
9 Stanislaus Zbyszko New York City, New York 06/Nov/21
8 Ed "Strangler" Lewis New York City, New York 13/Dec/20
7 Joe Stecher New York City, New York 14/Nov/20
6 Earl Caddock Omaha, Nebraska 30/Jan/20
5 Joe Stecher Omaha, Nebraska 05/Jul/15 Joe Stetcher defeated Charlie Cutler for the title.
4 Charlie Cutler 01/Feb/14 Charlie Cutler was billed as the North American Heavyweight Champion in Illinois and was recognized as the World Heavyweight Champion in February of 1914. It is reported that Cutler defeated Ordmann for the title in July of 1914 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Won somewhere in February 1914.
3 Henry Ordmann Omaha, Nebraska 01/Jan/13 According to some sources, Henry Ordmann defeated Jess Westegaard for the title. Somewhere in 1913
2 Frank Gotch Chicago, Illinois 03/Apr/08 Frank Gotch held the title for four years, and was the second longest World Heavyweight Champion in history behind Bruno Sammartino who later became the longest WWWF Championship and World Champion, holding the title for seven years and three months.
1 George Hackenschmidt Vienna, Austria 01/Nov/05 Won somewhere in November 1905. George Hackenscmidt won a world championship tournament to win the title. Hackenschmidt won several other tournaments in Paris, France; Hamburg, Germany; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Elberfield, Germany; and Berlin Germany in the same year. He also won the European Greco-Roman championship title from Tom Cannon on September 4, 1902 in Liverpool, England. He won the recognition of being the World Heavyweight Champinon on January 30, 1904 in London, England by defeating Ahmed Madrali. Hackenschmidt defeated American Heavyweight Champion, Tom Jenkins, on May 4, 1905 in New York City, New York to become the recognized World Champion in North America.